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report." fair, balanced, and unafraid. report." captioned by closed captioning services, inc. >> sean: the gulf coast is bracing for what is being call the worst environmental disaster in american history. officials are scrambling to stop the oil spill trying bettered by last tuesday's blast. experts are fearful that process could take months. oil is washing ashore. images of the damage are starting to pour in. the question is what took so long for the obama administration to respond to this disaster? that is our headline in friday night: too little, too late. the still didn't start today, yesterday or this week. it began last tuesday for more than a week the white house appeared to pay little attention. now political pressure has ed in the past 48 hours we've seen a full core press from the administration.
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we've heard from the president, interior secretary, epa administrator, the home land security, coast guard officials and many more. where have they been all week. when the left slammed george w. bush for remaining in a class full of you small children after the 9/11 attacks for mere minutes. when he was accused of being a racist for refusing to land air force one in new orleans, after katrina because he believed it would interrupt rescue operations. now the anointed one is in the white house those critics have gone silent. joining me is steven hayes from the weekly standard and kirsten powers. welcome aboard. skier , explain last tuesday -- kirsten, explain, last tuesday this happened. all the criticism george w. bush got over katrina and he stayed with the school children too long. could they not have done
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something sooner? do they not deserve criticism for that? >> i can't believe you are comparing this to 9/11 or hurricane katrina. i don't see them as being analogous. you can criticize obama for not responding more quickly, i'm not sure what he could have done. >> sean: you're missing the point. george w. bush was brutalized because he spent an extra five minutes in a classroom after he found out the trade center was hit. he was brutalized because the federal government was two days late in getting to katrina and he didn't want to land because he didn't want to disrupt rescue operations. >> let me tell you the difference between those two situations. those are things the federal government had a responsibility for, the government. they were not a natural -- this is not a natural disaster. hurricane katrina was a natural disaster. 9/11 was an attack on the united states. in this situation the people who are responsible are the
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people who did the drilling. >> sean: you're wrong. responsibility -- no. >> barack obama should never have come out in support of offshore drilling which proves this >> sean: you are so far off base. the sole responsibility in this case when it is an oil snail going to impact our fishing industry, beaches, our shores, would be the federal government. the fact is they sat back for nine days and did nothing. the very same people -- >> what are they supposed to do? >> sean: the same people that were so fast to criticize vibe in the other two instances. >> -- george w. bush in the other two instances. >> certainly there's a double standard. for kirsten to suggest there's not, even if the situations aren't directly analogous is crazy. there's clearly a double standard. if this had been george w. bush as president we would be enduring front page
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pieces in the "new york times" about george bush and hill and dick cheney and halliburton. clearly a difference in the tone of coverage. i agree with kirsten there's not much the president can do. when you had assessments from the coast guard and bp that the initial spill may burn off, it was 1,000 barrels a day and kicked up to 5,000 barrels a day that's what triggered the action. i don't think if janet knapp knapp had been in louisiana five days ago -- >> sean: we saw the oil slick. we saw which direction it was coming. there's a lot we could have done to contain this. certainly, we should have sent people out there to at least assess the damage. assess the environmental impact. if they had acted earlier, there's a lot they could have done to contain it. they cordon off the areas where the oil slick is and have the ability to almost like vacuum out the oil as it was in the water.
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if they started nine days ago, stephen they would have had a much -- >> that's right. they could have done more. i think it would have had a minimal impact if you listen to the commandant of the coast guard the main problem now is with mother nature not with anything we could have done. the wind shifted. it is now blowing all of this towards louisiana. that and the fact they miscalculated initially the number of barrels per day, i think is one of the reasons that seeing the problems we are now seeing. >> sean: the other thing happening kirsten this is being politicized. nancy pelosi, four new jersey democrats, ben nelson. now the criticism we can't have offshore drilling. you see this is where i think fundamentally, our energy policy and the democratic party being beholding to environmental extremists if we had nuclear power if we drilled in and war which environmentalists are against, expanded coal mining which
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environmentalists are against. we haven't built a refinery in 35ers -- in 35 years, environmentalists are against it. we may make the case we wouldn't have to drill in an area like the gulf. >> right, environmentalists caused the oil spill. >> sean: no, they created our -- kirsten don't make my -- don't take my words out of context. nobody said that i said, environmentalists don't want us to do anything. >> extreme environmentalists don't want us to do anything. i don't think the obama administration is beholding to environmentalists if they were he wouldn't have come out in support of offshore drilling. there's a problem with drilling in some places. i'm from alaska, i support drilling, i have nwarog problem. i think offshore drilling is a separate issue. i think what just happened shows why it is a separate issue. when something goes wrong it is catastrophic.
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i do agree there's a double standard in the sense right, if this was george bush they would be getting more pressure. i don't know what else they could be doing. if it is true there are things they could be doing she should be doing. >> sean: they didn't send in people to condition taken the spill, waited nine days, did nothing. they did do something stephen, eric holder dispatched a team of attorneys so they can get ready to file criminal action and lawsuits. that they did do. they are going right for the money. right after big oil. >> you know what the priorities are. >> sean: of course they want to pass the blame on to big oil, right steve? >> president said that today himself. listen, this is a serious issue. they've got to be careful about that nobody thoughs this rig better than the people who have worked on it now for in some cases years. it would be a major mistake for the president and for the
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administration and for democrats in congress to start now going after bp prematurely. there's hearings scheduled for may 12th where democrats are likely to grill bp. they need to make sure first and foremost, they need bp's help in cleaning this up. >> sean: let me make a prediction this is going to result in less drilling in america. more dependence on foreign oil. we still can't build nuclear facilities. we can't expand coal mining. we will be paying much more in the future as a right of the overreaction of democrats who are beholding to the environmental movement. get ready for $6 a gallon gas that's what probably ahead. >> i think it is hard to dispute. >> okay i disagree. >> sean: we will have more on this story coming up. thank you both. plenty more hannity still ahead tonight this friday
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night. >> is that a pious view to you? >> sean: rosie o'donnell and mike huckabee go at it on radio the governor is here. >> it is time to list don't people. >> sean: governor crist tries to spin out of a tricky situation. shah heads to arizona to weigh in on the i am -- shakira heads to arizona to weigh in on the immigration controversy. historic state park shutdown
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>> sean: this a fox news alert. arizona sheriff's deputy shot reportedly by ail legal alien or smuggler in the arizona desert. the deputy radioed for help and said he encountered a group in the desert 50 miles south of phoenix. as he began to pursue one of the members shot him in the abdomen using an ak-47. after a frantic search rescuers and other deputies located the injured deputy he was airlifted to a hospital in phoenix. we will keep you updated on his condition tonight. >> meanwhile governor mike huckabee visited rosie o'donnell on her radio show recently. things got contentious when they touched on the subject of gay drop shun. >> didn't you try to have a law that said gays could not
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adopt? >> no there was a constitutional amendment placed on the ballot voted on by the people. it was not something i initiated. i did support it. primarily because i felt like it was one more way in which we were moving away from the traditional definition of marriage. >> i think it is interesting for a guy that seems to have overcome a lot in your life. you have a lot of -- were you raised by in a poor family, right, you grew up sort of poor. >> right. >> you became a pastor and the teachings of christ is what you follow in your life. and i don't know, is that a very pious view to be -- is that a pious view to you mike? >> i don't think it is about piety. if with one is in fact a believer, and excepts the -- accepts the biblical norms are the nors we should live by. it is not a matter of being judgmental. >> sean: joining us governor mike huckabee.
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rosie o'donnell? are you out of -- >> am i out of my mind? it was a very respectful conversation. to her credit she was civil. she didn't try yell, scream, argue with me i think it was an honest conversation that the two of us had. no, we are not going to come to terms. one of the things that came out of it for me there is this understanding if you are a christian you are supposed to believe jesus says whatever you want to do is okay. people forget jesus was divisive. he caused people to have to make tough decisions about what is right and wrong. i don't think he did it with a sense he was hoping to make people mad but he did make people mad. >> sean: this came up in the course of the conversation. she's adopted a number of children. i don't know how many >> i think two children. i have no doubt she loves those children and she has the best intentions for them. it is not a personal thing this is not a big issue for me. i don't go around making this an issue. it is not something that is
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high on my priority talk about. >> sean: are you against gay adoption? >> i don't think it is the ideal. kids need a role model, a mother and father. as i told her, rather than try new ways to create a family we ought to work on the one that god gave us, having a mother and father, creating a generation and training them to be our replacements. i know people will say we don't have the ideal. still, kids need both the mother and father role models in their life. >> sean: i've made similar arguments myself. i think there are certain things that fathers offer children that mothers naturally don't. things that mother offer children. there's a difference. without going down that road. there's a story behind the story and how you got invited on the program in the first place. how is that? >> i was at the college of new jersey, a would have school over not far from trenton. there was an interview with a group of what i was told were
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college journalists. one was more of an activist than a journalist. he would ask me a question and i would answer. he didn't like the answer then he would start a debate. i would try to explain to him and give him more of an understanding of logically, why i held the positions i did. he took that, wrote a story, it got picked up by a lot of the blogs that support same-sex marriage. then the mainstream media picked up on it. they blew it up. rosie from it that that's how it happened. this kid had been arrested at an ann coulter speech. >> sean: i think we have that video. i don't know if we have sound this is him being arrested. he claims there was police brutality at the time of the arrest. the video showed there was no such abuse. he had dropped the suit. >> he was screaming, i can't tell if you have the audio up. you can hear him screaming and yelling and making a scene. he should have gotten an oscar
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for his performance this shows he a pattern of creating a disturbance and getting attention and publicity for it. it to me was not so much about same-sex marriage or gay drop shun. my position on same-sex marriage is the same that joe biden, barack obama, hillary clinton and voters in 30 states -- >> sean: is there a lack of tolerance for those that express their christian faith in their belief about for example, either the definition of marriage or controversial issue like gay adoption? is it predicated on this idea if you believe that and practicing your faith you mist be bigoted. >> it is interesting to me that i'm considered intolerant if i don't accept a new definition of marriage. but if someone doesn't accept the traditional marriage the only one we've had in 5,000 years of recorded human history, somehow that's a symbol of tolerance. i think the burden of proof is on those who want to change
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the institution. again, the real issue is, we are living in a day where the mainstream media can take a distort, manipulate it, distort it. this man released an edited version of the interview. >> sean: this has happened to me as well. we just had this in the last segment about this horrible oil spill. a number of people lost their lives in the explosion. more importantly, this happened last tuesday. only in the last two days the administration has gotten involved. why did i believe that if george w. bush were president, that this would be the biggest deal, slow to respond, slow to react? almost everybody is defending the president for doing nothing. wasn't it his responsibility? >> if katrina was george bush's responsibility this is barack obama's responsibility. you can't have two sets of rules. i think we clearly see we do. can barack obama go out with a bucket and start picking up
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the oil? no. but the point is, you made it very well, there has been a significant saort of gap between the time -- sort of gap teen the time of the accident and -- >> sean: some are saying this is barack obama's katrina? >> only if the news media creates it to be. it goes back to even my experience. the media can frame the issues and they can frame the cons text in which they are presented. if they don't say, where was president ? no it won't be his katrina. >> sean: governor good to see you. let not your heart be troubled. carmen electra coming up. our great, great, great american panel is next. parents magazine and called it "one of the best family cars of 2009." the insurance institute for highway safety calls it a "2010 top safety pick."
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awe >> sean: tonight on our panel he's a columnist of the "wall street journal" john fund. judith miller and a former reporter and host on fox sports currently host of nbc's ever popular poker after dark, the one and only leann tweeden is back. soon to be married. >> that's right, july 4th. >> sean: of all days. >> thank you. >> sean: your husband is an air force pilot. and really big and strong guy. all right, i was surprised at stephen hayes' reaction. nine days hailer the administration all of a sudden realizes there's a big oil spill in the gulf. now it is about to hit the shores of this country. >> already hit. >> sean: yeah it's already hit in the massive way.
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i'm thinking, if george w. bush didn't reaction -- didn't react for nine days it would be lead story on every newscast, every place, everywhere. am i right john fund? >> yes but the most important thing is regardless game game let's clean this up. the obama administration deserves fall for some things and bad luck in others. we didn't know the weather would change. we did know that the way you deal with an oil slick is well-known in science. you set it on fire. the light oil is burned off and the heavy oil drops to the ocean bottom that was not done. the 1990 oil pollution act requires that the federal government has to preposition all equipment that will cleanup an oil spill. they did not have enough equipment and did not get there fast enough. they could be blamed for not using the real science turning this into a fireball. >> sean: blamed for not reacting right away and knowing the severity of what this could turn into.
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>> let's blame bp they are the ones who said it was only 1,000 barrels a day. it is 5,000, five times that yet, bp they are working hard to clean it up. they should be. >> they are going to suffer lawsuits that will probably put them into court for decades. >> sean: eric holder has a team of attorneys. they did do that the administration. the first responders is eric holder the attorney. >> are you guys -- >> of course the company is at all. we don't know the facts. exxon valdez was a fine night amount of oil. this was an uncapped well we didn't know how much was going to come out. >> sean: we still don't know. >> and we did not do the due diligence to prepare for the worst possible outcome. we should have you set this on fire, we didn't. >> it is terrible too that
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taxpayer dollars are going to have to be used to help cleanup this spill. bp should be trying to cap that well. they say it may not be capped for a month, two months possibly! it could be worse than the exxon valdez spill. catastrophic for fishing, shrimp harvesters, it is going to be terrible. i think bp needs to be focused on capping that and we should start focusing on the coastal areas. >> sean: george w. bush spent four extra minutes with school children on 9/11 and was excoriated by the left. by almost every democratic politician in washington. four extra minutes because he was trying to figure out how to get out of that classroom gracefully on 9/11. beaten up to this day. two days late for hurricane katrina. incompetent governor, incompetent mayor. this happens nine days the same people that were critical trying to use this for
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politics, nancy pelosi, ben nelson, politicians in new jersey, they are saying we got to end all offshore oil drilling. >> i'm going to agree with steven hayes who says mother nature is at fault. sean i have to agree if this were george w. bush's administration this spill would be george bush's fault there is a double standard no doubt. however, i think we have to keep our eye on bp and perhaps halliburton. >> sean: as john was saying we better do everything we can do. you were saying right now all hands on deck. >> what do you want him to do? >> sean: when you have a catastrophe instead of eric holder sending lawyers perhaps they should have you been doing what john was suggesting. there are other means of containing oil. >> send the navy in. don't wait for bp to do it, do it. >> bp clearly has a role here too. >> we can send them the bill but let's have the navy do it. >> sean: we saw the images we
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were showing them here or days. >> at least this president didn't fly over the oil spill and say pretty big spill and move on. >> he hasn't gone at all he doesn't plan to. >> sean: that's a cheap shot. george bush didn't want to land because he didn't want to disrupt what was happening on ground. >> they have to shutdown everything, it is a big process. i can understand why he didn't do that >> sean: journalism in america is dead. and it died in the election of barack obama. we have a lot more with our great american panel. right over there, all right. we will continue. i'm gonna take allison jenkins to the senior prom in this. one day, i'll park this in a spot reserved for me. it's got 26,000 miles on it now, but i'm gonna take it to a thousand million. [ male announcer ] when you own a certified pre-owned mercedes-benz,
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>> sean: arizona's immigration law continues to attract attention now celebrities. latin pop star shakira made a visit yesterday to voice her opposition. i'm in a position to this law, because it is a violation of human and civil rights. >> sean: okay thanks for sharing. our great, great american
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>> sean: we continue with our american panel. if you list don't pundits and news reports, you would think the arizona law that was passed on immigration that this is nazi germany. i spent a minute and 30 on my radio show today champ s of people using the not -- examples of people using the nazi analogy have >> it is a federal crime to be an illegal immigrant in this country. if a state wants to enforce what is a federal law with its own law how can that be totalitarian. my brother was on the tucson
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police force for 25 years dealt with the border this is a law that most people support but a band-aid. we need a system where we combine enforcement cracking down with what we had in the 50s and 60s orderly process of guest workers don't stay forever. >> sean: first we to stop the illegal immigration problem. our border are not secure. lind graham asked janet napolitano she said that's an unfair question. >> we select only one out you have 30 applicants for the border patrol. we try screen as carefully as possible. we have an epidemic of corruption and bribery because there is so much money to be made by coyotes who bring people across the border. we need to combine real enforcement where we put employers who hire illegal aliens in jail and provide them with a legal pass so they can bring in people. the economy down there does
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need that labor. >> sean: leann what do we do with the people who already broke the law and come in illegal? >> it is easier said than done but if it was me i would deport them they broke a law article 4, section 4 the constitution. upwards of 20 million we don't know, i'm saying you can't do that >> sean: don't look for me -- don't look to me for support because i agree with her. >> because they are close to us we should give them a free pass? >> sean: we have a limited number of available slots for people to come into this country legally. do you give it to the people that respect our laws, respect our sovereignty, go through proper procedures? or the people that just came in illegally and we'll let you stay. >> you jumped the line. >> if someone is here illegally and caught they
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should be at the bottom of that long cue. as john said we need these people to do jobs that americans don't want to do. i think it is unrealistic 10, 20, 30 million people, nobody knows for sure. >> anyone who commits any crime in this country, illegal immigrant should be immediately deported or jailed. that's the end of the conversation. the other people obviously -- [ talking over each other ] >> i was in california a few years ago i saw people leased from state jail. no border patrol officer there they went out knew the community again after serving their 90 days. >> sean: i've been down to the border, five, six, seven times, it is bankrupting states like california, arizona, nevada, texas. >> i know people that live in arizona they say how terrible it is. i can't talk, i don't live in arizona. i don't deal with the borders
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like they do. they say you can't understand what it is like to be in our shoes. when janet napolitano was governor there she wanted the united states government to reimburse her 350 million dollars because they were holding illegals in jail in one year. that was her. >> sean: she said it is an unfair question to ask if the border is secure. >> she wanted the border secure when she was there i don't know why she is flip-flopping this is a federal problem. >> of course. [ talking over each other ] >> hired one of his generals from the d day invasion i'm putting you in charge tell the employers, don't hire any illegal aliens we'll put your name in the paper on the front page and put you in jail and expand the guest worker program. you will have a pass to hire temporary guest workers. some stayed, most didn't. some stayed and became fine citizens. we solved this problem in the
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50s. the labor unions came in and under lyndon johnson we ended the program and have these problems. the labor unions didn't like it. >> sean: great panel tonight. good to see you. >> happy birthday alice. >> sean: happy birthday alice. there is an environmental effort i support. carmen electra is next to tell us about it. al gore, i hope you are watching, [ banker ] mike and brenda found a house that they really wanted. it was in my sisr'neighborhood. i told y it waserfect for you guys. literally across the street from her sister. [ banker ] but someone else bought it befe they could get their offer together. we really missed a great opportunity -- dodged a bullet there. [ banker ] so we talked to them about the wells fargo priority buyer preapproval. it lets people know that you are a serious buyer because you've been credit-approved. we got everything in order so that we can move on the next place we found. which was clear on the other side of town. [ male announcer ] wells fargo. with you when you're ready to move.
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>> sean: my next guest is taking green to a new level. carmen electra has partnered with phillips norelco. men lined up in madison square park to have chair chest shaved by carmen. the initiative will plant one tree for every schaefer sold. go -- for every shaver sold. how many guys did you do this to today? >> just five. we selected five guys the hairest we could find. >> sean: did they like it? >> they seemed to like it, yeah. >> sean: they liked it because you were doing the shaving. we got the video. >> do i look uncomfortable?
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>> sean: were you? >> yeah. >> sean: why? >> i don't know it is a weird thing. it is such a personal thing. >> sean: you could have wacked them. >> i'm telling you waxing is bad because you feel the pain. look how easy, it is too easy. plug it in, trim, shave. easy. >> sean: i use an electric shaver, thank you you brought me one, i appreciate it. thank you very much. >> you can have fun in your bathroom. you are going to get into a world with phillips norelco. are you excited? >> this is embarrassing me. you were shaving strangers today it wasn't me. you going to plant a tree. you don't have problems
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cutting down trees do you? >> it seems like such a positive thing to give back. >> sean: to plant a tree. it is a renewable resource. >> deforest and reform res. >> sean: you got to cut down -- cut down trees to build houses, right? what are you going to build a house with? >> your hands. >> sean: i think we should be -- i think all gifts from the environment are gifts from god. we have to be good stewards of the gifts that are given us. >> that is so beautiful. you are so romantic. i'm swept away >> sean: i swept you off your feet, all right. >> and i'm gonna have fantasies. i want to see >> sean: you want to see what? >> i don't know, i'm so lying. because i really don't want to see it. >> sean: thanks. i don't is worse wanting to
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see it or not. you consider yourself an environmentalist? >> not really. >> sean: you don't think so. you don't have problems flying on a private stkwhraet's good, right? you prefer a private jet than a commercial, right? you don't want to admit it. >> because you are turning me on you are so hot and sexy. >> sean: i feel like i'm back on the howard stern show. >> and i'm going to picture you hairless. i'm is under the suit. >> sean: really? >> yeah. >> sean: okay. all right, let me ask you about you. you posed five times in playboy. you did a dvd, aerobic striptease video. bay watch. playboy, bay watch, dvd, striptease you wrote a book how to be sexy. the answer is just put up hannity's picture, don't be like him, there's your answer. serious question, do you think we are too sexualized as a
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society? do we judge people too much by their looks? obviously you are attractive woman you are known for this. do you think at times we put too much emphasis on looks? >> not necessarily. i probably judge everything based off of that that's why -- >> sean: people that have wonderful hearts maybe not as attractive as carmen electra, wonderful people, great hearts, great souls. is that as important as what you look like outwardly? >> no. >> sean: no? you could be miserable inside as long as you look good and wear the right clothes? >> yeah, you know. >> sean: you really believe that? >> not necessary. >> sean: a little bit. >> you can't tell me you haven't opened up a playboy. >> sean: not since i was 13-years-old. five times in playboy, i never saw you. >> not me but i'm saying -- >> sean: i have no interest in playboy or the articles either.
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>> you have you looked at some girls nude in magazines. >> sean: i've been happily married for 18 years. you are asking if i have in my heart. -- if i have lust in my heart. everything i read sex appeal, you don't think we are a little too focused on that? >> i do. >> sean: done you want people to know you as a good person with a good heart, mind and great sense of humor? >> absolutely. >> sean: what is more important that or your looks? >> at the end of the day that's more important. but you know, when you are put in in that position you get a good sense of humor by yourself and make yourself laugh because it is too serious. >> sean: i didn't ask you about dennis rodman either. >> and you won't. >> sean: and i won't. on to the next uncomfortable moment of the hannity program. coming up it seems nothing is
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sean george washington crossing the delaware on christmas day 1776 is one of the most famous moments of the revolutionary war. the park where this event took place is being shutdown due to budget cost. ainsley earhardt went to visit the piece of history we may be losing. >> reporter: americans are losing jobs in alarming numbers. foreclosures skyrocketing, businesses going unin every town. nothing seems to be safe in the struggling exempt a list of casualties continues to grow. now america's historic landmarks are on the chopping block this is washington crossing historic park where history can become present for
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visitors. you can walk the path of washington. see where he cross with his troops to fight at the battle of trenton. it was christmas night 1776 history was changed forever. today a new turning point takes place. this park opened in 1917, survived two world wars and great depression. now because of state budget cuts, you can see the park is closed. barbara franco the executive director of the pennsylvania historic museum commission. what is happening here? >> the funding has been a problem with the economic issues that the country is facing now. like most other places, our budget us were reduced across the board. this particular site is temporarily closed. >> reporter: bill the president of friends of washington crossing park. >> pennsylvania now deciding a list of priorities. pennsylvania has a 28 billion
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dollar budget. there's 19 million being talked about for the 23 parks. washington crossing park is down 500,000 of a budget that should be from 1.2 to 1.5 million. >> reporter: you funding for the park reduced by more than half. not enough to keep the museum, visitors center and guided tours in operation. >> it is a shame that a site such as this has to close. only for a million and a half dollars that the pennsylvania museum and historic commission doesn't have. everything is closed. we have no idea when it will reopen. >> reporter: john was the george washington reenact for for the park. why the historic park? >> the path of least resistance with the budget being so tight they to cut somewhere and they thought was going to be the least disruptive of the operations of the state. >> reporter: six months ago you would have seen school buses in this parking lot and
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hundreds of students mulling around. when the money ran out the tours were cancelled and the museum was closed. most teachers have decided now teach this history lesson from the classroom. >> reason we save these is so that people can appreciate them and children can learn. it is so important to be able to make sure that people understand their history. the lessons here at washington crossing are tremendous lessons. >> reporter: john shields traveled from tennessee to visit this park. >> i come up to see some of these sites and i'm shocked to see this one is shutdown. washington's crossing was the most important event in our american revolution, turning point. >> reporter: many historic landmarks across the country are facing similar problems. the community here is determined not to let this piece of american history stay closed for long. >> i was happy to found out there was a groundswell of support from volunteers and citizens who came forbes to
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make the crossing happen. out in volunteers are coming back we hope we can influence not only the state of pennsylvania but also others to join our effort and to bring in park back to where it was several years ago. when it was fully staffed and fully funded. >> we have nowhere to go but up. we are excited about reestablishing the interpretive tours. when things are down like this people are coming out of the woodwork across the country as volunteers and donors to reopen this magnificent gem. >> this not a waste of money this is an important event in our history and should be open. >> i think it is important to keep this going, remembering the soldiers who sacrificed their lives. to not remember them and their sacrifices and take this park and close it, is a tragedy. sean you sean ainsley earhardt joins me now. first of all it is sad. the park is still open, right? >> the park is still technically still open. you can still go to the park
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we were there on the grounds. but you are not going to see any of the tours. you are not going to see george washington there. the museum is closed. everything is shutdown. the kids aren't there. >> sean: we pointed out the waste and fraud and abuse and politicizing of the stimulus money i'm thinking those were shovel-ready jobs. people that had real jobs that are not -- >> we said the stimulus money was used to remove tattoos, yet we can't keep our national historic monuments open. it is such a history lesson for our kids an hour and a half outside new york. convenient for the folks who live in this area. the kids can learn a history lesson. this is how america was formed. the first turning point in the revolutionary war. >> sean: any effort that you think will be successful in getting the park open again? >> they are trying get donations. they've formed the friends of washington crossing park. if you are interested you can google that and give a donation. they are hoping donations
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flow. they are positive about it. >> sean: it looked like it was still in great condition. is the park still being maintained? >> yes the grass was still cut and still beautiful. pennsylvania is not the only state. in california budget cuts could cause 220 parks to close. arizona parks need 6.3 million , connecticut you be doubled the price of camping and parking. >> sean: you don't pay enough taxes you have to pay for camping and parking. i'm convinced if they could they would take any gold out of your teeth when you die. >> don't give them any ideas. >> sean: no death tax this year. ainsley seems like had you a good time. we'll watch and follow this are they hopeful it opens? >> they are very hopeful. >> sean: people can help? >> definitely. >> sean: you are going to be anchoring the fox report. >> tomorrow, i'm so excited!


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